Wave consumes Warriors, 7-2

  • Greenfield’s Audrey Bresciano (10) squeezes past Mohawk goalie Zia Meyer for a second-half goal Monday in Holyoke, where the Green Wave rolled, 7-2, in the WMass Division II field hockey semifinals at Roberts Field. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey (5) moves the ball upfield defended by Mohawk’s Shelby Sinistore (2) and Abby Sinistore (7) during the second half Monday in Holyoke. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey (5) winds up for a shot in the first half, defended by Mohawk’s Shelby Sinistore (2), during WMass field hockey semifinal action Monday at Roberts Field in Holyoke. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Greenfield’s Raegan Hickey (5) dribbles upfield in the first half of a 7-2 WMass Division II field hockey semifinal win over Mohawk Monday in Holyoke. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mohawk's Abby Sinistore (7) moves the ball upfield in the first half against Greenfield Monday in Holyoke. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Monday, November 06, 2017

HOLYOKE — Upset? Uh-uh. Not this time around.

Buoyed by a dominant first-half performance, Greenfield High School built an insurmountable lead and went on to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 7-2, in a WMass Division II Field Hockey Tournament semifinal game Monday night at the Roberts Complex.

Raegan Hickey, the Green Wave’s all-time leading scorer after surpassing Kelly Doton earlier this year, finished with four goals and two assists for a six-point night. Audrey Bresciano added a goal and three assists for the Wave.

Monday’s game marked the second time the two teams met this season. The first clash came back on Sept. 20 when the Warriors upset the defending WMass champion Green Wave, 2-1, handing Greenfield its first regular-season loss since 2015.

The second-seeded Green Wave (14-4-1) had not forgotten that loss, and wanted to ensure there would be no thoughts of repeat in the hopes of the third-seeded Warriors (14-5-1) in the semifinals.

“Last time we just didn’t come out ready,” Hickey said. “Our whole team came out ready. Our offense had great passing, good give-and-go’s.”

Bresciano expanded upon the thought by adding, “That’s definitely our strength, seeing the passing lanes and knowing where to go.”

The win gives the Wave an opportunity to defend its WMass title; it will face Frontier, which beat South Hadley, 3-0, in the nightcap. That game will be played Thursday night at a time to be announced (likely 5) at Agawam High School.

Greenfield controlled much of the first-half play to build a 4-0 lead. The Wave scored on its first three shots, and got the fourth goal after a four-shot flurry 36 ticks before halftime.

“We were ready to play today,” smiling Green Wave coach Erin Thayer said. “We knew we needed to come out firing right from the start today, and we did that.”

Greenfield really dominated the first seven minutes, keeping the ball entirely in the Warriors’ half of the field. The pressure produced three quality scoring opportunities, including two by

Olivia Joy, who was a target on the left post all game for the Wave. Mohawk finally got possession in the Green Wave half of the field near the seven-minute mark, but the ball was cleared out of the zone shortly thereafter. The clearing attempt was lifted to Joy, who was stationed just over midfield on the left wing and she took off, breaking in on goal along with teammate Audrey Bresciano. Joy carried all the way inside the 10-yard line and fired a shot through Mohawk goalie Emma French (three saves) into the goal, giving the Wave a 1-0 lead with 22:32 left.

The Green Wave added to its lead 8 minutes later when Raegan Hickey sent a ball in towards goal from the left side of the circle. The ball found its way through several players stationed in front of French, and it also got through the screened goalie all the way to Ashley Hubbard, who was there to knock it into the open goal. Just over two minutes later, the Wave made it 3-0 when Hickey collected the ball 25 yards out from the Mohawk goal and passed it to the right wing to Bresciano. Both players took off toward goal and Bresciano sent a return pass to the middle, where Hickey fought off a defender and fired it in.

The Wave added one more goal 36 seconds before half when Hickey got the ball seven yards out from goal and immediately passed it to her left to Joy, who fired two consecutive shots — both kicked out by French. The second rebound went to Hickey, who also had a shot stopped by French. The rebound found Hickey and she cashed in.

Greenfield was not finished, adding to its lead just under six minutes into the second half when Hickey took a pass from 20 yards out, dribbled around two Mohawk defenders and on to the Mohawk goal where backup goalie Zia Meyer stepped out to meet her. Hickey touched a pass to her right to Bresciano, who converted the easy tap-in for a 5-0 lead.

Mohawk did not quit and actually controlled much of the next 10 minutes. The Warriors finally got on the board with 22:49 to play as Caitlyn Johnston scored on a rebound following a scrum in front of the Green Wave goal. Mohawk struck again with 13:48 to play, as the Warriors continued to pressure, registering several corners. The goal came when Ashley Walker worked a pass to Mikayla Bompastore at the top of the circle and the senior blasted a shot through traffic that found its way into the net.

The Wave responded to the goal by scoring its sixth goal just two minutes later. Greenfield earned a corner and the play resulted in Bresciano getting the ball near the top of the circle and passing to Hickey, who made a move around a defender and got seven yards from the goal where she slapped a shot into the net for a 6-2 lead. Hickey added one final goal on an assist from Bresciano to complete the scoring.

Green Wave goalie Samantha Smith finished with six saves. Mohawk held a 9-3 edge in corners.